Get some easy dinner ideas if you’re a new mom!
Have you ever been staring into your pantry just willing your mind to come up with something for dinner?
Sometimes when I would sit down to write out a menu plan, I would either be completely stumped and just go with the same go-to trio of chili, spaghetti, and pizza (staples in my house growing up).
OR I would go on Pinterest, waste hours perusing delicious recipes, and end up with a complicated menu that called for lots of ingredients I didn’t have and recipes that took way too long to make. UGH.
That’s when you just stock the freezer with an avalanche of corn dogs and hot pockets and call it a day.
But creating this one little thing changed all of that: a master list of go-to meals.
After I created a list for my own family, menu planning for an average week gets done in about 2 minutes (and we are eating variety!)
What goes on the list? Easy, quick meals and/or freezer meals that you would make on your average busy day that your family will enjoy.
What doesn’t go on the list? Recipes you’ve never tried and/or favorite recipes that are more involved/time-consuming. You can reserve these for weekends and special occasions.
If you have 15-30 meals on your list that you know your family will eat, and are easy and fast to prepare, then you will most likely save money and eat healthier because you are cooking at home more often.
Just keep your list as a handy reference while making a menu and shopping list and it should make things a lot faster.
What has helped me is keeping a hard copy of my master meals list in a binder with my favorite recipes. The list prompts ideas for the menu creation and then the recipes are right there so I can look over ingredients needed to add them to my shopping list.
Feel like you are in a cooking rut and need ideas? Here are 18 dinner ideas with over 100 variants
(These are not recipes, but a list to help jog your mind about your favorite dishes.)
- Spaghetti and Meat Sauce
- Spaghetti and meatballs
- Million Dollar spaghetti
- Baked Spaghetti
- Chicken Spaghetti
- Pasta with roasted Veggies and Sausage
- Stuffed Shells
- Cheesy sausage pasta
- Ground Beef Chili
- White bean chili
- Cowboy Beans
- Chili mac
- Chili dogs
- Homemade pizza dough using bread machine + fav toppings
- Bagel or french bread Pizzas
- Barbecue Chicken Pizza
- Taco Pizza
- Ground Beef tacos
- Ranch chicken tacos
- Cream Cheese Salsa chicken tacos
- Walking Tacos
- Fish Tacos
- Beef and Bean Burritos
- Breakfast (Eggs and bacon/sausage) burrito
- Steak Burrito Bowls
- Chicken and Black bean Burritos
- Chicken and cheddar quesadillas
- Black beans and salsa quesadillas
- leftover slow cooker chicken or pork quesadillas
- Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas
- Beef Enchiladas
- Bean and Avocado Enchiladas
- Green or Red Chile Enchiladas
Breakfast for Dinner
- Scrambled/Fried Eggs
- French Toast
- Biscuits and Gravy
Chicken and Rice/Quinoa
- Hawaiian Haystacks
- Salsa chicken
- Citrus Rosemary chicken
- Cilantro Lime chicken
- Honey Garlic chicken
- Coconut chicken
- Teriyaki chicken
- Sweet and Sour Chicken
- Mexican rice and spicy chicken
- Parmesan chicken
Beans and Rice
- Cilantro Black Beans and green rice
- Roasted Bell Peppers, onions, and garlic with black beans and rice
- Red Beans and Rice
- Refried Beans and Rice
- Tex-Mex bean, rice, and Avocado casserole
- Fried Rice
- Lettuce Wraps
- Chow Mein
- Chop Suey
- Cabbage Rolls
- Baked Tilapia
- Glazed Salmon
- Blackened Bass
- Shrimp Scampi
- Cranberry Pork Roast
- Beef Roast and Potatoes
- Roast Chicken
- Baked potato bar
- Hobo/Foil Dinners
- Shepard’s Pie
- BLT Sandwiches
- Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
- BBQ (pork or chicken)
- Italian Beef
- Sloppy Joes
- Baked Sliders
- Chicken Salad
- Philly Cheese Steak
- Ham and Cheese pinwheels
- Toss Salad with favorite veggies and mix-ins
- Romaine Lettuce, craisins, French’s onions, cheddar cheese, and ranch dressing
- Spinach, strawberries, toasted almonds, avocados, and poppy seed dressing
- Pasta Salads
- Stuffed Pepper
- Potato soup
- Zuppa Toscana
- Chicken and Rice
- Vegetable Soup
- Cheddar Broccoli
- Lasagna Soup
- Ham and Beans soup with cornbread
- Beef Stew
- Tater Tot Casserole
- Tuna Noodle
- Chicken Pot pie
- Beef Stroganoff
Make your own variations or find new ones to complete a go-to dinner list of your own.
More Dinner Ideas
Check out these other posts for quick, easy, freezer meal, Instant Pot and more recipes!
- 25 Low-Meat Instant Pot Recipes that Kids Will Love
- 18 Dump and Go Instant Pot Dinner Recipes for Those Busy Nights
- 31 Stupidly Easy Make Ahead Freezer Meals for Moms With Toddlers
- 13 Easy and Cheap Slow Cooker Meals
Over to You!
Explore these recipes on Pinterest or on Google and if they are easy ingredients and easy to make add them to you meal plan!
Please pin me!